To the liking of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and fans, Clayton Kershaw took the mound in a simulated game before Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander threw for three innings, tallying a total of 50 pitches. Kershaw faced Drew Butera and Chone Figgins, and the man behind the plate was none other than A.J. Ellis, who had knee surgery just 12 days ago.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner claimed he was throwing at full effort in Sunday’s simulated game. The last time Kershaw took the mound was during the Opening Series in Australia, and he has been on the disabled list since the end of March. Some believed his back injury would potentially keep him out until June, but the 26-year-old is on track for a faster return.
The next step Kershaw will most likely take in his effort to return is starting in a minor league game, but the organization has made it very clear that they will not bring him back until he is 100 percent. Although Dodger starters have been mostly successful in Kershaw’s absence, the ace’s return will be huge in solidifying the rotation’s dominance.
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